Clarissa Torres

Family:  I am a mother to my two boys, Jordan & Caeleb.  We also have a Gold Fish named Goldie.

What did you do before the Garabedian Group? Prior to working at The Garabedian Group, I worked for another local CPA firm.  I have just over 10 years of administrative experience.  I was also in the Police Academy at Fresno City College.

What qualities does it take to work at an accounting firm and what can you tell me about the team that works with you? I believe it takes an open mind and determination to work in an accounting firm.  We are constantly learning and striving to achieve our best in order to better serve our clients.  

What do you feel you have accomplished and what would you still like to accomplish in life? One of my biggest accomplishments would have to be my two boys.  In addition to raising my boys, I am  pursing my bachelor’s degree. I think there is no better example of what I want my children to be than for them to see me leading by example.

What was your first job and what did you learn from it? My first job was working at World Footlocker.  I quickly learned how the customer is always right.  I learned how to manage my time working while still maintaining good grades attending high school.

What are your roots in the San Joaquin Valley?  I was born in Sanger, CA and raised in Fresno, CA.  Home is where the heart is and right now my heart is in Fresno, CA with my boys, Jordan and Caeleb!  

What do you do in your spare time? I love to travel and experience new things.  I exercise religiously and play co-ed softball.  During the school year, you can catch me attending my boys’ football games along with their track and cross country meets.  We are also thrill-seekers and love going on roller coasters whenever we can.  There’s never a dull moment in my family!

 

Tax Accounting

The Garabedian Group offers a unique approach to tax preparation, planning, and compliance services that is based on an expert understanding of tax law and regulations. Though the complexity of tax laws can make it challenging to develop a plan that will minimize your tax liability, TGG's team can create a comprehensive tax planning strategy that will allow you to work toward your personal and professional financial goals. We actively prepare local, state, and federal tax returns for corporations, partnerships, individuals, estates, and other fiduciary entities.

Our tax professionals can work with you to navigate the requirements of various tax authorities, including filing requirements, due dates, and other regulations. When we first begin the tax compliance process, we collect and organize you or your business' financial information so that we can ensure your tax forms are completed correctly. As we review your information with you, we also provide recommendations on investments and other financial strategies that may benefit you or your business.

Accurate tax preparation can not only save you money, but TGG's tax services can also help you learn how to effectively manage your finances for upcoming years.

Don’t leave money on the table - Overlooked Tax Deductions

Financial Accounting

Our audit, review, and compilation services follow the standards of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Financial Accounting Standards Board. TGG's financial accounting procedures deliver high-quality financial statements and accounting advice with the correct level of assurance.

Audited Financial Statements - Our Certified Public Accountants can conduct an audit of your organization's financial statements to verify they are relevant, accurate, complete, and fairly presented. Audit engagements normally result in an audit report including our independent opinion on the company's financial statements and the company's Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting and provide reasonable assurance that the financial statements, taken as a whole, are free of material misstatement. Our audit reports are supplemented with specific recommendations for strengthening management procedures and improving your organization's operations.

Reviewed Financial Statements - We also perform a review of your company's financial statements. A review only provides limited assurance that there are no material modifications that should be made to the financial statements in order to conform to generally accepted accounting principals.

Compiled Financial Statements - A compilation differs significantly from a review or an audit of financial statements. The objective of a compilation is to present in the form of financial statements, information that is the representation of management without undertaking to express any assurance on the financial statements.

We believe that the success of these services depends on truly becoming familiar with your business while maintaining the balance between professional skepticism and client advocacy. Our risk-based approach to conducting audits, reviews, and compilations results in efficient and comprehensive services.

Bookkeeping

The Garabedian Group has a qualified bookkeeping staff that can manage your company's bookkeeping entirely, or supplement your current bookkeeping services by reviewing your general account ledger when needed. TGG currently provides the following bookkeeping services:

  • Monthly, quarterly, or annual bookkeeping, including recording or reviewing transactions, conducting an account analysis, performing bank reconciliations, and adjusting journal entries
  • Processing payroll and completing associated tax returns
  • Completing sales, property, and city tax reports
  • Preparing financial statements and internal management reports
  • Implementing QuickBooks and other accounting systems
  • Organizing ledgers and training clients

A bookkeeping service is an important element in the successful management of your finances, as accurate records not only contribute to precise business transactions, but they also affect your overall business plan. At TGG, we recognize the importance of bookkeeping services, and we encourage our clients - especially small businesses - to prioritize record keeping and the management of financial transactions.

QuickBooks Consulting

QuickBooks is the number one choice for business accounting software, and our certified QuickBooks ProAdvisors® can work with you to maximize the software's usability. Implementing QuickBooks at your business allows you to easily analyze your business and manage items like cash flows and statements of income or expenses. According to a recent Intuit customer survey, nearly 70% of all QuickBooks users claim that the software helped their business to be more profitable.

Our team members can show you how to simplify your daily accounting needs with QuickBooks and generate valuable management reports that allow you to focus on your business' profitability. In addition to providing basic QuickBooks training sessions, TGG's ProAdvisors® can assist with all of your other QuickBooks needs:

  • Setting up a new company and file
  • Converting your current accounting system to QuickBooks
  • Implementing the software and system
  • Diagnosing and resolving existing issues
  • Organizing and reviewing files
  • Offering tips and information for simplifying your accounting
  • Our ultimate goal in providing QuickBooks consulting services is to ensure that you are knowledgeable and comfortable using this dynamic yet straightforward accounting software, so we offer ongoing support and recommendations as part of our consulting process.

Payroll Services

Let go of your payroll headaches. Our payroll processing services allow you the time to focus on growing your business. In no time at all you'll discover how easy and convenient it is to use our payroll services.

We offer all the amenities of a large firm but with the personal touch of a local business. No matter the size or complexity of your business needs, we are able to tailor the perfect payroll solution for you.

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Specialty Tax Credits

Tax incentive programs are routinely overlooked by businesses resulting in an astounding number of tax credits going unclaimed every year.

The Garabedian Group specializes in helping businesses just like yours identify both federal and state tax credits. We can help your business determine your eligibility for these credits at no risk to you. We will insure you take advantage of the tax incentives you are entitled to receive.

Many of these programs have expiration dates and the paperwork is time-sensitive. You should be claiming these credits while you can. Many credits can be carried back resulting in tax refunds and most can be carried forward to be used in future years.

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Business Advisory

Small and mid-sized businesses have needs just like “big business” and in many cases these needs can be even greater, so it becomes imperative to partner with a business advisor you can trust. A partner with experience working with owners of small and mid-sized businesses. A partner like The Garabedian Group.

ACHIEVING THE NEXT LEVEL IN YOUR BUSINESS "Having the business and life that you dream of": Business Advisory Services

  • Assessment of your business so that you have a wealth of information to work with, including:
  • Your products and services
  • Your customers – we find out what they really expect from you and what it takes to make sure they keep coming back
  • Your potential customers and how to attract them Your team and how effective it is?Your business systems and processes
  • Powerful business applications to give you a clear picture of your business and its potential

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